Almond Oil – For Shiny Hair & Wrinkle-free Skin
There’s a time I was waiting for my next order of organic unrefined shea butter to arrive so I had no natural moisturizer on hand – or did I? I had bought a 32 oz bottle of organic sweet almond oil just waiting for me to slather on my skin. This oil naturally has a sweet fragrance and keeps skin silky, guys! The way I used it was just by placing 2-3 drops of it on my hand (occasionally adding 1 drop of clove essential oil for its anti-acne properties) then rubbing my palms together and applying it all over my face. Since sweet almond oil has a thin consistency, it’s good to use as a light moisturizer, which my acne-prone skin favors. It doesn’t leave any oily residue on skin after application so that’s a great bonus! Sweet almond oil also has incredible anti-aging properties that ward off pro-aging free radicals and in so doing, keeps your skin supple and wrinkle-free.
Did I use it on my hair? Of course I did, y’all! I used right after a shower to seal moisture and it did just that plus much more! My hair got a beautiful sheen, smelled good and was frizz-free!
Shea Butter and Almond Oil – A Magical Mix
When my shea butter order finally arrived, did I give up almond oil? Nope, I still like using it on my hair. But for my skin, I like shea butter more – it’s my all time fav one-ingredient facial moisturizer!
Is that the end of the story? Of course not!
All natural mixtresses out there know that if there’s one thing you can do when you like two or more perfect moisturizers, it’s creating a mix! And what a magical mix it was! The shea butter and almond oil mix is so luxurious and creates a creamy blend for smooth skin and healthy locks. As I already said, almond oil has a thin consistency so it doesn’t combine with the shea butter to form a heavy moisturizer – but a silky one.
Below, I’m sharing with you a simple but luxurious recipe for how to make your own shea butter and almond oil mix.
Make Your Own Luxurious Shea Butter and Almond Oil Mix
This recipe contains one extra ingredient (other than just shea butter and sweet almond oil) which is an essential oil that I found blends beautifully with sweet almond oil to create a great scented product: geranium essential oil! Some of the benefits of this floral essential oil are: preventing premature aging, softening rough skin, reducing blemishes, treating hormonal acne among others and for hair, it fights frizz, seals in moisture and gives a gorgeous scent.
Okay, now onto the shea butter and almond oil recipe!
- ½ cup of unrefined shea butter (get it here)
- 2 tsp sweet almond oil (get it here)
- 5-7 drops geranium essential oil (get it here)
- Start by gently melting the shea butter to liquid form using a double boiler. You can always make your own double boiler by filling a saucepan with a couple of inches water, then placing a heat proof bowl over the saucepan. Add the shea butter to the bowl then heat the saucepan over a low flame.
- Keep stirring until all the shea butter completely liquefies. This will take a very short time so stay close by!
- Now when the shea butter has melted, place the bowl in the refrigerator for about 15 to 20 minutes for it to solidify back again. We don’t want a fully solid shea butter back but something that’s in between liquid and solid so it can easily be whipped with a hand mixer.
- After 15-20 minutes, get the bowl out and add the sweet almond oil.
- Switch on your hand mixer and start whipping up the contents of the bowl until you achieve a creamy white texture. This usually takes about 5 minutes.
- Add the geranium essential oil and whip again until well incorporated.
- That’s it! Scoop the shea butter and almond oil mix into a clean container.
- Store in a cool dry place.
→ You can use another essential oil(s) for a different scent if you prefer.
→ Don’t have a hand mixer? Use a whisk or strong spoon. It will take longer, but gives similar results.
→ Apply after a shower after to keep skin silky.
→ If using for your hair, it can be a styler, sealant, leave-in conditioner or natural moisturizer.